Ariel Detwiler is an active bassoon teacher, freelancer, reed maker and woodwind doubler in the Twin Cities area. She holds three degrees in Bassoon Performance: a DMA from the University of Minnesota, an MM from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and a BM from DePauw University. Her primary teachers have been Norbert Nielubowski, William Ludwig and Kara Stolle. Ariel performs regularly as a freelance musician in various bands, orchestras, musical pits, and collaborates in many chamber music groups. An in-demand soloist, Ariel has performed three times in the past year with local groups. Ariel won the DePauw University Concerto competition in 2010, and in 2018 she won the second annual Band Concerto competition at the University of Minnesota. With a lifelong passion for music education, she teaches her own private studio and holds the position of adjunct professor of bassoon at four universities in Minnesota and Iowa: Augsburg University, North Central University, Dordt University, and Northwestern College of Iowa. As a doctoral student, she taught the Woodwind Techniques course for three years at the University of Minnesota. Ariel makes and sells high-quality handmade reeds under the name ACDC Reeds, which can be found at Midwest Musical Imports, Etsy.com, or here on her own website. Ariel is also a talented arranger. She frequently writes arrangements of film and popular music for mixed bassoon ensembles, including her unique Horn and Bassoon duo, Duo 231.
Ariel's teaching philosophy is centered around a positive music mindset and open awareness of oneself in order to become a master problem-solver. Her students are regularly chosen for honors ensembles and youth orchestras, with well-rounded technical abilities and a beautiful warm tone. Ariel's passion is spreading the knowledge of the bassoon with those who don't know much about the instrument, helping band directors recruit students, and creating access for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study the bassoon.
Ariel performs on a new Puchner 5000 antique finish bassoon with a Heckel VCD2 bocal.